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Studio Christmas…

Today was the day I celebrated Christmas with my peeps.  Many of them have been stamping buds for years and we’ve all grown in our artist abilities over that time.  Some are newbies but we all pull them right in to celebrate the art of paper and all the delightful things made with it.

Here’s the group working hard on desk calendars in the studio before our “lunch” break (do sweet things count as lunch?  Wait!  We had Chicken Salad Sandwiches)…

And a couple of individual shots…

Ahhh…it’s those tiny details…

Everyone got the new catalog…

Lunch break…see there were even veggies!

Cute toppers on this one…

Patty Hickman made these note holders for everyone.

And Carol Mitchell created these festive hot pads for all.

We have all learned so much from each other over time freely sharing our talents with each other.  Barbara Philpott (who I met at a regional SU! function here in town five years ago) gave me this shadow box with snowflake lights…

It measures 8″ x 8″.  Gorgeous!

And these cards were found after everyone had left…

Naturally I couldn’t get the sparkle from the landscape “snow” to show…

Pretty stenciling in Emerald Envy paired with metallic silver…

Welcoming Christmas door with textured background.

It is true that if you teach a class, you learn so much because you have to grow and show new and interesting pieces each class.  I’ve been teaching classes for almost nine years so you’d think all has been learned by now.  Paper art is ever evolving and offers new products and techniques all the time.  You have to be willing to grown and change and just enjoy the ride!

Hope your Monday as been as bright and fun as mine has been…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!



SLC Swaps…

Attending a Stampin’ UP! event is all about the people you meet.  We all share so much in common and know each other most of the time through social media.  So to meet face-to-face and exchange hugs means energy is everywhere at the event.  And it keeps us together and coming back year after year.

Another perk of attending SU! events is the swaps!  Right?  I mean time was seriously an issue for me prior to leaving, but I wouldn’t miss swapping for anything however many I can make.

Of course you want your swaps to be your best work and that’s why I’d like to share some of the swaps I received with you today and maybe more later this week.  I think you will enjoy seeing the variety of the creations…

Sandy Amoling, Attleboro, MA

Mary Haugen

Anne Steinmetz, Peoria, AZ

Robin Myren, Pennsburg, PA

Kathy Hilden, Selby Twp., MI

Pat Brannin

Andrea Tracy Tucker

Darlene Boardman, San Antonio, TX

Christine Kolly, Rochester Hills, MI

Denise Waddell

Ann Craig, Monash, ACT

Inez Oberg, Grandville, MI

How awesome are these swaps?  And from all over the country and even out of this country too.  Sharing these with my peeps and customers is a big part of why I swap too.  They so enjoy seeing all the creativity and glean ideas for their own creations.

This is why I say the SU! experience is about the people.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these swaps today.  Tomorrow I will begin posting the projects made and presented at SLC using a brand new stamp set from the January Occasion Catalog.  So I hope you will plan to stop by…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

good thought to remember at the beginning of the holiday season…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Salt Lake City…

There are no words to describe sleeping in your own bed…just sayin’

But the six-day trip to Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Live was so inspirational, informative and down right fun that all the sleep deprivation and exhaustion are so worth it.

There are so many things I want to share with you, but photos need to be taken of swaps (they are unbelievable) and also photos set up for the projects presented.  I think they will start being posted tomorrow if things go well this afternoon.  So stay tuned for that.

I do have some photos of my presentation and a short video given to me by a friend in the audience (thanks Jeanne!) to share today.

Please don’t feel I’m self promoting.  It was an awesome and humbling experience to be a presenter this year.  So I hope you won’t mind if I share that with you…

presentation clip here

After this presentation Stampin’ Up! gave everyone at the event the stamp set from this presentation.  How much fun is that?

I think tomorrow the ban is lifted and samples from the new 2018 Occasions Catalog can be shared.

This experience was way out of my comfort box.  It was an incredible amount of time and work on my part and Stampin’ Up’s, but after it was over I was so glad to have had the opportunity to share what I love to do anyway.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Saturday OnStage Fun!…

Saturday morning dawned REALLY early for this room full of stampers…did someone say STAMP?  That’s all it took and we were up and literally running for coffee and our table up front and center (thank you Jeanne and Dawn)!

Team Rambling Rose BUDS were sporting our new T’s made especially for us by Tamra…


How much fun is that?

Gulping our extra hot (Barbara!) coffee, the day began with a live feed from Brisbane and the day was off and running.  The morning was filled with stamping presentations, learning opportunities and before we knew it lunch time arrived.

I grabbed my phone and tried to get photos of cards I’d collected in my swaps and also new product samples (I can show them to you later!!!)…


Here Jeanne and Dawn are hard at work on one of the Make ‘n Takes…(I’ll show them to you later too!…we aren’t allowed to show them yet.)


Lisa-Kaye won the first Prize Patrol…


Barbara won the second one…


and then Pat won too!  Well…I did win one, but I don’t do selfies!

Before you knew it the session was over.  It was time to say good byes and head for home…until April in Savannah!

Here are some beautiful swaps to share with you….


This was Lisa-Kaye’s swap card…


Pat’s swap…


Barbara’s swap…


Marsha Miller from Franklin, TN…


a swap from Karen Browning…

There are so many more I’d love to post.  The swaps were the best I’ve ever seen this year!  If you missed my swap, scroll down to last Friday’s post.

Soon (tomorrow I think) I will be able to share our Make ‘n Takes and some new projects with new product…exciting!!!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


imagine that.

Hope you are as inky as me…and HaPpY!




Yes it was hot (and dry!) but the OnStage Event in Atlanta this weekend was a hugh success.  The Rambling Rose “BUDS” attended with all kinds of energy and enthusiasm.  The whole adventure we tackled as a group and it proved to be all we hoped for and more.

Now that I’ve traveled home though,  the exhaustion set in.  So I decided to relive the event with you and share what we did on both days in photos.  Want to come with me?

Thursday afternoon, Barbara Philpott and I arrived earlier in the afternoon and scoped out the event sights and schedule for Friday morning.  We didn’t want to miss a dang thing.  Once everyone from my group arrived, we set out for the Cheesecake Factory for an amazing dinner and to catch up.  We capped our dinner with a wine toast and then hit the bed for a really early morning.

Here we are bright and early and ready to go…


(Barbara Philpott, Pat Brown, me and Lisa-Kaye Kingsley)

During sign in for the WCMD2016-Atlanta we met up with Jeanne Moss and her downline Dawn from Kentucky and settled in for a day of interesting presentations, door prizes and of course, swapping…


Jeanne is teasing me about my height (dis)advantage.

And below Pat and Barbara are excited to finally swap all those cards they have slaved over…(there were 186 people in this swap!)


Friday night (we are still going strong 12 hours later!) we are completing ten “Shoe Box” Swaps.  Do we even look tired?  Noooooo…..


At this event we also each made one 3-D item to swap and I thought I’d show you just a small portion of what was there…it was amazing!


How about this choo choo train!


How pretty is this curvy keepsake box by Debbie Dean?


Or this window candle/treat bag?


This measures 3 x 5″…would make a great “technique” book for my peeps.


Loved this desk calendar especially in the Petals & Paisley’s DSP


Last year I made blue/silver half ornaments like these, but I love the Christmas Pines inside!


This accordion folded book held pockets for all sorts of list making for the holidays.  Sorry I didn’t get a shot of the front cover…it was adorable.  It is made from manila file folders and decorated with Candy Cane Lane DSP with 3″ pockets…really cute!

and one more…


And this last one was really clever and I plan to make some of these for the craft show coming up.  She used an acrylic picture frame for the base of her desk calendar and decorated it.  I know this shot isn’t the best, but I really liked this idea.

So you get the picture…there were at least another 150 3-D projects to see.  Like I said…”So much eye candy!”

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!




New Neighbor…

After watching construction of the new house next door since January…it’s finally finished and we are gaining a new neighbor!

We have met a couple of times and talked generally, but when I learned her husband died this summer while they were on vacation, I knew she might need our help…especially “Sweetums”.

Me?  I made her a welcome card…


See her faithful companion, Rocky’s, dog dish and bone?  Then when you open the front door…


This Sweet Home bundle is going to come in very handy in a lot of ways…I’m just sayin’.

So today I’m posting early because “sweetums” and I are going on a boat ride with friends to a great restaurant on the river about an hour away and have a nice evening ride back.  We sold our boat a couple of years ago so we are always eager to accept invitations from our boating friends to be on the water again.  Should be lots of fun.

So here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you on the “welcome” card for Julie…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso and Crushed Curry Cardstock
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches (trees), Sweet Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlets, Real Red Candy Dot, Sequins


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card base with SNAIL
  • The Thick Whisper White top layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″, sponge the lower quarter with Pear Pizazz and Old olive around the edges and the remaining three quarters with Soft Sky ink.  Stamp the three trees with Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive (use “thumping” method to tap darker green in center of tree leaves)  Stamp house in Sahara Sand, door and stripes in Soft Suede.  Cut out house with door and window at same time.  Cut door frame and window frame from Early Espresso and glue to house with Multipurpose Glue.  Cut a piece of Crushed Curry to cover window opening from back.  Use door thinlet to cut a piece of Crushed Curry for inside the door.  Add a Real Red Candy dot for door knob.  Stamp roof frame in Soft Suede and “fussy” cut adding with glue to roof line.  Use Strip Adhesive to add house to card front.  Stamp banner, shade with Soft Suede, add “welcome” in Real Red and cut with thinlet.  Add over door with Strip Adhesive.
  • Stamp dog bowl in Soft Sky.  Cut heart from Real Red Cardstock and add to bowl.  Cut out with thinlit and add to card front with Multipurpose Glue.  Stamp and cut out bone.  Add to bowl with glue.
  • Add a few sequins to bling it up a bit.
  • Inside there is a Real Red layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with a Whisper White layer that is 3″ x 4″

Julie and Rocky will be moving in Labor Day weekend…I think we will be great friends.

Hope your weekend is going great.  Remember, if you need any of these products you can shop from me right here on my blog by clicking on the “Shop Now” star to the right.  Please don’t shop as a guest as this will block me from sending you a personal thank you.  I had several orders last week and a few signed in as a guest with no name…frustrating as I REALLY appreciate all my customers and love sending them a personal thank you…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


See you on Monday…til then, Be inky, Be HaPpY!


Let There Be Cake!…

There are so many celebrations on my calendar for May it’s hard to know where to start.  My November is like that too.  What’s up with those two months?

Here is one way I like to celebrate special birthdays rather than a card…


These are the second cake post this week…I must be hungry for something sweet.  Here’s a couple of different views…


Love me some strawberry icing with chocolate cake…


and this blue polka dot is just sweet!

Of course a gift or chocolate can be placed inside for an even better surprise.  These are easy to make and fun to decorate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock plus a DSP of your choice
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!  Although there is a stamp set that coordinates with this framelit set
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, deco straw, Spiral Flower Die, Cutie Pie Thinlets


  • Cut two of the Cutie Pie Thinlet boxes (takes a full sheet of cardstock for each “piece of cake”)  Attach the two pieces with tear tape alternating pie shape and rectangle.  Burnish all score lines.  If you want to stamp “cake” stamp in chocolate or maybe strawberry you can do that before you assemble box.  Add tear tape to one center tap and rectangle tab.  Fold into box.  Close back after inserting gift if needed.
  • Cut one side of the box from DSP.  Trim at 1″ on rectangle side.  Cut a piece of DSP 2 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ for back of box and another piece 4 1/2″ x 1″ for the scalloped icing on one side.  Use the scalloping framelit to cut the back piece of the DSP that overlaps from top and the side of that same piece.  Scallop the 4 1/2″ x 1″ piece on one side.  Glue this piece to the top side that isn’t covered by the box top piece.  Add DSP to back of box then overlap the scalloped piece from top.  Check photos.
  • Cut bow from Whisper White fold and insert tips into slits, then and attach tail pieces with glue dots.  Use glue dots to attach to back of box over DSP.  Add Basic Pearl to center.
  • Cut two of the candle framelit and glue together from flame to end of candle but not the two half circles as they open to make the base for attaching to cake top.  I used Gold Wink of Stella on the flame.  Cut a deco straw and slip over candle before gluing to cake top.
  • Make two Whisper White roses and attach with hot glue.  Here I used leaves from this month’s Paper Pumpkin, but you could use leaves from Botanical Builder Framelits, Bird Punch or Rose Garden Thinlets.

These are perfect for birthday or shower favors filled with goodies.  You could make a whole or multi-layered cake for a wedding reception…there goes my ever running mind again…

So big Mothers’ Day weekend.  For those of us who no longer have our moms, it is a bittersweet day.  If you have children, I hope they all pay their respects and make your Mothers’ Day especially HaPpY!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Goodness…I hope you are filled to the brim!

Let’s get inky together and …Be HaPpY!



The  Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits Dies have to be one of the best buys in the new Occasions Catalog.  Just looking at the samples on pages 10 and 11 give you tons of inspiration and ideas.

So today I thought I’d add my two cents worth with today’s card post…


This card will be made several times…I’m sure it will come in handy over and over again!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride Glimmer, Pool Party
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Number of Years and Timeless Textures
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Number Framelits, Fun Foam, Frog Tap or Post It Notes, Circle Framelits, Aqua Painter


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5 1/2″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to the card front with adhesive
  • The Thick Whisper White top layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Using Frog Tape (I recommend from any paint store) or post it notes, mask edges 1/4″ all around.  Tear a strip of Frog Tape and add at an angle at right side from top to bottom.  With Aqua painter and Pool Party reinker lightly color background.  Add some watered down Early Espresso to just the right edge and a little at the bottom.  Heat to dry.  Stamp background with Timeless Textures stamps, stamping off to mute the colors.  Stamp sentiment at bottom with first generation Early Espresso after removing tape from right side.  Cut numbers from fun foam and Blushing Bride Glimmer and glue together.  Add to card front.  Stamp sentiment on Thick Whisper White.  I used circle framelits to cut curve top and bottom on “Look Who’s Turning” and tagged the ends.  Add with dimensionals.  I used the ticket punch for “Again” (retired) but you could just as well use an oval or hand cut a rectangle around it.  Add both with dimensionals.
  • Add this layer to top of card front.

Hope you enjoyed this post today and feel inspired to give it a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Be HaPpY…Get Inky!




CYCI#83…Back To School

Today is Sunday and that means it’s time for the Can You Case It Challenge #83.  Our challenge this week was to create a card for “back to school”.  This is a great challenge and I hope you will go to and play along.  You have until noon Friday to submit your entry.

This was a fun card to make.  I always want to start back to school in the fall…


Kids today probably wouldn’t even know what that typewriter image was.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Heavy Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Real Red Cardstock and Schoolhouse DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Soft Sky plus Smoky Slate and Basic Black markers
  • Stamps:  Tap, Tap, Tap and Alphabet Roller
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Notebook Punch (retired), Tree Builder Punch (apple)


  • The Heavy Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The green layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Whisper White layer is 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ stamped at top with typewriter alphabet in Memento Black and attached to bottom of card front with adhesive
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ attached to bottom of Whisper White layer with multipurpose glue
  • The notebook page is stamped in Soft Sky and attached to card front with adhesive
  • The typewriter is stamped on scrap Whisper White, colored with Basic Black and Smoky Slate markers and “fussy cut”.  Attach with dimensionals
  • The apple is punched from Real Red cardstock with the Tree Builder Punch and attached to notebook sheet with dimensional.

Wouldn’t this be a fun card to send to someone just starting school?

Hope you enjoyed this little card.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Not that a donut would ever pass my lips…

Get inky…Be HaPpY!


Shoe Box Swap…

There were four of us in our group who wanted to do a Shoe Box Swap at convention.  So we gathered on the last night in the lobby of the Marriott and stamped away.


Please keep in mind this is late at night and we have had no sleep for four or five days.  Now we look pretty good, right?  We just set up in the lobby of the Marriott and had ourselves a great time.  What was even more fun was the people who stopped by we got to meet when they wanted to see what we were making.  From the left is Sue Parker, moi, Peggy Powers and Jeanne Moss.

So here’s what we made excluding mine since I showed that in a previous post.  In the photo we are actually putting my kit together.

Here’s Sue’s card…


Of course it is adorable.  I haven’t done it yet, but the seeds are supposed to be coated with Crystal Effects.  The seeds are rain drops from the Tree Builder Punch.  The lines on the watermelon rind are from Gorgeous George Set as are the splats on the meat of the watermelon.  I like the way she rounded opposite corners too.

Here’s Jeanne’s card…


This cutie is made with the Floral Wings set.  The color choice is so striking and the flower base is stamped once on the card and once on a scrap and “fussy cut”.  The vase is then set up on dimensionals after you stamp the flowers.  The polka dot DSP is attached to the Basic Black layer then both layers are attached to the card front on dimensionals after attaching the 1/4″ Real Red ribbon on the first Whisper White layer which is also set up on dimensionals.  How sweet is this card?

Last but not least is Peggy’s card…


I don’t have this stamp set…but now I’m definitely ordering it after making this card.  Its the Garden in Bloom Set.  I just love all the layering and using the coordinating DSP from English Garden.  I’m supposed to add some Two-Way Glue and bling to the centers of the flowers which I haven’t done yet.

We had such a good time with this Shoe Box Swap that we decided to do a virtual swap together.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Hope you are not tired of seeing projects from convention.  I’m planning to show some of my favorite swaps and then samples from the new Holiday Catalog too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I’ll never make that stop after seeing the new catalog…

Get inky…Be HaPpY!